Blade, the French startup behind Shadow, announced plans to revise its subscription levels in October. The company is now bringing the new plans to the US with a new entry level of $ 11.99 per month and more powerful options in the coming months.
Shadow is a cloud computing service for gamers. For a monthly subscription fee, you can access a gaming PC in a nearby data center. Compared to other cloud gaming services, Shadow offers a full Windows 10 instance. You can install anything you want – Steam, Photoshop or Word.
The current subscription level, now called Shadow Boost, offers the same performance at a lower price. You get an Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU, 3.4 GHz with 4-core CPU, 12 GB RAM, 256 GB memory. It costs $ 11.99 a month if you sign up for a 12-month plan, or $ 14.99 a month if you pay monthly.
Later that year, Shadow will also offer two additional plans:
- Shadow Ultra: Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, 4 GHz with 4-core CPU, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB memory
- Shadow Infinite: Nvidia Titan RTX-GPU, 4 GHz with 6-core CPU, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB memory
These plans cost $ 24.99 and $ 39.99 a month, respectively, if you subscribe to a 12-month plan – or $ 29.99 and $ 49.99 a month on a monthly basis.
Shadow Ultra and Shadow Infinite will be rolled out gradually this summer – initially only a limited number of users can subscribe.
It's worth noting that with each plan, you can add an option to get more storage. The storage plans include 256 GB SSD performance – everything else works like a more conventional hard drive.
The company now has four data centers in the United States. This means that everyone in the US can now access the service – not just people who live on the west or east coast.
In Europe, Shadow had problems implementing the new plans. While the company originally promised to release the new options in February, users who pre-ordered the new plans won't be able to access their new instance until the summer.
Shadow offers apps for Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and Apple devices. Apple recently downloaded Shadow's apps from the App Store for iOS, iPadOS and tvOS. The company is still trying to find a solution with Apple to republish the apps in the App Store.
In other news, the startup has signed a strategic partnership with LG Electronics. Details are thin, but LG is now a shareholder in the company. LG will also offer Shadow with some of its products.